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The Little Way of Holy Job

Fr. Maximilian
"Thus the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his earlier ones." This is the end of the story we began on Monday. What now shall we say about Job, who at the beginning of the book already was called "blameless and upright beyond all on earth"? This man who then suffered trials such as we... Read more

Our Top-Secret Sin

Fr. Theodore
In one place, the Psalmist exclaims, “Who can discern his faults? Lord, save me from my secret sins!” The rich man in today’s parable was condemned to hell for his secret sin. Strictly speaking, secret sins are those that we have not yet discovered. Even more secret are those sins that we care not... Read more

Lord, What Are You Doing?

Fr. Ambrose
Job answered his friends, “God does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning. … Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’” St. Wenceslaus might have asked God questions similar to these questions from Holy Job about God’s... Read more

Suffering with the Son of Man

Fr. John Henry
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly.” If the disciple is not above his master, then the opening prayer for this feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina makes the logical, if difficult, request: “Grant that … we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ.” Suffering tends to produce one of two... Read more

Our Kingdom for a Smile

Fr. Theodore
St. Paul warns us in today’s first reading against merely going through the motions. Shadow boxing is a pretentious show that is devoid of real consequences. We, however, are engaged in a genuine contest that has winners and losers. Indeed, the stakes couldn’t be higher: heaven or hell! “Do you not... Read more